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Blog Author Guidelines


General Guidelines
What is a Blog AuthorSomeone who is assigned a particular day to post each month on the blog. The expectation is for you to take the role on for 12 months. If a writer cannot make that kind of commitment, consider being a Guest Blogger (guidelines below).

Eligible Writers: Only current InScribe members – at any level of writing experience. Blogging experience an asset, but not necessary.

Rights and Payment: All rights to your posts are yours, at all times. So you can republish it anywhere else. No monetary payment.

Queries: You may contact the Blog Administrator directly if you are interested in being a regular blog author. The Blog Administrator may contact individuals directly or do a general callout through the members’ listserv, email, or FellowScript.

Our Other Blog: The Professional Writers Blog is on our website.

What We’re Looking For
Content: We look for posts that encourage, stimulate and support our readers based on the two key blog themes: Writing and Faith. Original or reprinted/reposted work is accepted. You can include links to your own blog or website. Keep in mind that InScribe is a non-denominational Christian organization and as such, does not necessarily endorse all individual doctrinal biases. The IWO blog is not the platform for potentially divisive debates and the blog administrator reserves the right to remove posts that are deemed outside of these guidelines.
Keep Audience in Mind: InScribe members who have a wide range of writing experience, write in various genres and from a Christian worldview; other writers/readers who find us online. Again, our mandate is to encourage and uplift. 
Word Count: Up to 600 words

Topics and GenresBlog authors may be asked to write to a given monthly theme. Most genres are acceptable, eg. fiction, non-fiction, devotional/inspirational, how-to, book reviews, poetry, stories, or personal experiences.

Formatting and Posting Info: This info is provided once you are accepted as a blog author.

Bio/PhotoOnce you are assigned to the monthly roster, we request a short bio with a thumb size photo (jpeg) to include on our Meet Our Writers page.

Publishing Your Post: As a regular blog author, you are responsible to post your own posts each month on the assigned date (Ideally it should be prescheduled to go live at 7:00 AM PST or earlier.) You don’t have to submit posts to the Blog Administrator first. NB. The Blog Administrator, however, reserves the right to make small changes, such as fixing layout and formatting issues, typos, etc. * Please notify the Blog Administrator via email at least 24 hours in advance if you will miss the deadline. And let her/him know when it will go live if it's eventually going to be published. This saves her/him using up valuable time rechecking the blog for the missing post. 
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Guest Blogger Guidelines


General Guidelines
What is a Guest BloggerSomeone who is not a regular contributing writer to the blog and wants to write a single post or an occasional post. This allows members to post without making a monthly commitment and for new writers to get their work out there.

Eligible Writers: All current InScribe members (any level of writing expertise), former InScribe members, and any Canadian citizen or landed immigrant who can affirm the Apostle’s Creed.

Non-Members: Are welcome. Can only post ONCE. To post more, you need to become an InScribe member. Plus, in exchange for the opportunity to post, they are asked to place the link or button for the InScribe Writers’ Online blog on their blog for at least the month in which their post is published. (For info on membership, visit our website.)

Rights and Payment: All rights to your posts are yours, at all times. So you can republish it anywhere else. No monetary payment.

Queries: The Blog Administrator may contact individuals directly or do a general call out on the members’ listserv. You can also contact the Blog Administrator directly if you wish to post.

What We’re Looking For
Content: We look for posts that encourage, stimulate and support our readers based on the two key blog themes: Writing and Faith. Original or reprinted/reposted work is accepted. Keep in mind that InScribe is a non-denominational Christian organization and as such, does not necessarily endorse all individual doctrinal biases. The IWO blog is not the platform for potentially divisive debates.

Keep Audience in Mind: InScribe members who have a wide range of writing experience, write in various genres and from a Christian worldview; other writers/readers who find us online. Again, our mandate is to encourage and uplift. 

Word Count: Up to 600 words

Topics and GenresGuest Bloggers may be asked to write to a given monthly theme. Most genres are acceptable, eg. fiction, non-fiction, devotional/inspirational, how-to, book reviews, poetry, stories, or personal experiences.

Bio/PhotoOnce you are scheduled to guest blog, we request a short bio with a thumb size photo (jpeg) to include in the posting.

Submissions: Submit your post and bio/photo by email to the Blog Administrator at least two to four weeks prior to the assigned day it will be published.


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Guidelines updated: September 2014

 

Supporting Canadian Christians Who Write

INSCRIBE WRITERS ONLINE

2022  Theme Prompts & Schedule ~ Developed by Sandi Somers



Our Two Main Themes:
WRITING and FAITH



Regular contributors, we’re glad you’re continuing with us. 
New bloggers, Welcome!

January: What are God’s invitations to you for this coming year?  

Often in January we begin the year with goals, new ideas, and perhaps resolutions. However, this year we’re focusing our thoughts differently. 

Many times in Scriptures the Lord invites us to come to Him, and for different reasons: “Come to the waters and drink,” and “Come you who are weary,” are two examples. 

How and in what way is God inviting you to share your days and year with Him, 
particularly in your writing, 
but also in your daily responsibilities and spiritual development?


February: The Way of Love and Kindness
February is the month of love.
What act of love and kindness has been very meaningful to you, 
either as a giver or a receiver—or both? 
How does doing so demonstrate Christ’s love to you today in your faith, prayers and writing? 

March: Covid Longitudinal Reflections
(When I thought of this topic earlier this year, I assumed much of Covid would be behind us. “Well, it ain’t so.”)
Think of your past two years of Covid, and reflect on how you have seen changes in your life (good or bad), how your perspectives have changed, and how you have seen God at work. 
Steph Beth Nickel gave us a one-year perspective in March 2021 which may jump-start your ideas. https://janetsketchley.ca/proceed-with-caution-guest-post/  

April: Easter and the Coming of the Spirit 
This Easter season, we'll turn our attention to an aspect of Jesus’ death and resurrection that we don’t usually emphasize until Pentecost Sunday six weeks later. Just before Jesus left earth (and his disciples), he promised to give us the Holy Spirit (John 16-18).
What does the coming of the Spirit mean to you? 
How have you experienced Him in your life and circumstances---and in your writing?

May: What Writing Projects Make Your Heart Sing?
We’ve all worked on writing projects that we loved (passion projects), and projects we’ve---well, loved less. Lady Bird Johnson advised: “Work on projects that make your heart sing.” 
As you think of your past or current writing projects…
How have you discovered Lady Bird Johnson’s advice to be true? 
How does doing so honour the Lord in your writing? 

June: Grappling with Ethical Dilemmas
Most of us have grappled with ethical dilemmas as a writer and/or in other life circumstances.
Tell us of a time you grappled with an ethical dilemma.
How did you approach this dilemma? And what was your answer?
How did God show you what to do? 
How did you honour your responsibility? To God? To your reader? To yourself? 

Note: This topic was prompted by Pam Mytroen in her 2021 blog post: https://inscribewritersonline.blogspot.com/2021/04/canyons-and-cornerstone-by-pamela.html 

July: My Writing Path Defined
In November 2021, we wrote about defining moments in our lives and writing. Brenda Leyland combined a number of defining moments in her writing life and posted, “A Writing Path Defined.” 
Combine key moments/events that were crucial in defining you 
as a growing and/or proficient writer (no matter what stage you are at now).
Weave them together into your writing path. 
Read Brenda’s post here:
https://inscribewritersonline.blogspot.com/2021/11/a-writing-path-defined-by-brenda-leyland.html  

August: Fight the Distractions 
Our world is filled with distractions—technological, commercial, and more—that keep us from focusing on our writing and the important things in life. 
How have you dealt with (or currently are) taming the frenzy of distractions? 
How do you pay attention to what’s important, being attentive and engaged?
How do the Lord’s nudgings propel your writing and life forward?

September: What Is Your (Daily) Creative Ritual?
In a blog post of the same name, Karen Stiller, co-editor of Faith Today, wrote that “highly creative and accomplished writers, artists, musicians and super-smart math people, all discovered how to work well within the possibilities and limitations of the space and the time they had.”
What are your (daily) writing patterns? 
How is it working for you—or not?
How could your ritual could be fine-tuned for better, deeper work?
https://karenstiller.com/blog/what-is-your-daily-creative-ritual/ 

October: Getting Stalled in the Middle
It’s easy to begin a writing (or other) project with enthusiasm, energy, and ambition. But then comes the middle. Frustration steps in, we lose momentum, and our project is easily set aside.
What experiences have you had with this challenge?
What strategies have you used to keep on track, get re-motivated, and keep going?
What messages from the Lord encourage you? 

November: Year-end Reflections on January’s “Coming” of the Lord to You
In January our blog topic focused on our Lord’s invitation to “Come” to him. Now with our year nearly ending, we look in our rearview mirrors and recapture what that “Come” has meant for your life, spiritual growth, and writing this year.

December: “God with us” during the Christmas Season
An important prophecy is that Jesus was called Immanuel, which means “God is with us”.
Write about an experience when you sensed the Lord was (especially) with you at Christmas.
What was important about that occasion? How did you feel? What did you sense? 
How has it had a lasting impact on your life, and perhaps your writing?

Here is the schedule for each blogger for 2022:

1-Sandi Somers
(Always on the 1st day of the month)
 
2-Marcia Laycock Mar2/Apr4/May3/Jun2/July4/Aug2/Sep2/Oct4/Nov2/Dec2/

3-Wendy Macdonald Mar3/Apr5/May4/Jun3/July5/Aug3/Sep5/Oct5/Nov3/Dec5 

4-Susan Barclay
Mar4/Apr6/May5/Jun6/July6/Aug4/Sep6/Oct6/Nov4/Dec6/ 
 
5- Guest spot

6-Bob Jones
Mar8/Apr8/May9/Jun8/Jul8/Aug8/Sep8/Oct10/Nov8/Dec8/ 

7-Joy Bailey
Mar9/Apr11/May10/Jun9/Jul11/Aug9/Sep9/Oct11/Nov9/Dec9/ 

8- Guest spot

9-Stephanie Nickel
Mar11/Apr13/May12/Jun13/Jul13/Aug11/Sep13/Oct13/Nov11/Dec13/
 
10-Sharon Heagy
Mar14/Apr14/May13/Jun14/Jul14/Aug12/Sep14/Oct14/Nov14/
 
11-Carol Harrison
Mar15/Apr15/May16/Jun15/Jul15/Aug15/Sep15/Oct17/Nov15/Dec15/
  
12-Lorilee Guenter
Mar16/Apr18/May17/Jun16/Jul18/Aug16/Sep16/Oct18/Nov16/Dec16/
 
13- Guest spot

14-Alan Anderson
Mar18/Apr20/May19/Jun20/Jul20/Aug18/Sep20/Oct20/Nov18/Dec20/
 
15-Tracy Krauss 
Mar21/Apr21/May20/Jun21/Jul21/Aug19/Sep21/Oct21/Nov21/Dec21/ 

16-Lorrie Orr
Mar22/Apr22/May23/Jun22/Jul22/Aug22/Sep22/Oct24/Nov22/Dec22/
 
17-Valerie Ronald
Mar23/Apr25/May24/Jun23/Jul25/Aug23/Sep23/Oct25/Nov23/Dec23/
 
18-Sheila Webster
Mar24/Apr26/May25/Jun24/Jul26/Aug24/Sep26/Oct26/Nov24/Dec26/
  
19-Gloria Guest
Mar25/Apr27/May26/Jun27/Jul27/Aug25/Sep27/Oct27/Nov25/Dec27/
 
20-Bruce Atchison 
Mar28/Apr28/May27/Jun28/Jul28/Aug26/Sep28/Oct28/Nov28/Dec28/  

Guest spots: (I have not included Saturdays which are free to be used for administrative posts if needed.) Sundays are for rest.